So what is Emotional Brain Training?

You might be wondering what is this brain training that helped me avoid eating cookies last week (and where the heck can you sign up?!) Emotional Brain Training is a program developed at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) that is based on research from neuroscience, stress science and psychology. It teaches a set of skills that targets our emotional brain.  photo source: Mellin, Laurel: Wired for Joy, 2010.   The emotional brain is made up of the lower two … [Read more...]

Are You Overtraining?

Have you ever worked out consistently and all of a sudden your strength gains and results stopped progressing? I experienced this problem last week and I thought I'd share with all of you since its a pretty key concept in fitness. Overtraining is a situation in which our exercise levels exceed our recovery capacity. It is a common problem in a lot of different types of exercise regimens when people are training a lot. Last week, I started noticing that my strength and endurance was dropping … [Read more...]

4 Exercises You’ll Do During H.I.I.T. Classes

Personal Trainer Exercise

Chris and I went down to CTV morning live today to demonstrate what an advanced HIIT class would look like. Anytime I get a chance to kick his butt I get pretty excited! HIIT (high intensity interval training) classes are a combination of cardiovascular exercise and functional fitness done in both an outdoor and indoor settings. They are performed with short intense workloads followed by even shorter rest periods. Research has found that training in a small group setting provides great … [Read more...]

Take the First Step.

  How many times have we said to ourselves: "I'll do this tomorrow." or "Now is not the time, I'll get it done when I'm ready." In my late teens and early twenties dialogues like this used to run rampant through my mind.  I'd be bothered by plans, circumstances and what if's. Then something happened.  Life grabbed my by the shirt collars and shook me violently.  I was running on a soccer field and made a sharp pivot when my right achilles tendon snapped; it sounded like a gun … [Read more...]

Switch Up Your Workout Routine

There are tons of people that go to the gym and either do the exact same routine or switch between two or three. Here are a few tips so that you know when it’s time to switch things up! You’re bored: I get that for most people working out isn’t exactly a great time but how crappy is being bored and not enjoying what you’re doing? Hitting the same workout routine a few times over is a great way to see progress (lifting more weight, faster time ect.) and also make sure you have your … [Read more...]

Tips for Endomorphs: people who just can’t lose weight!

We covered the three somatotypes or body types and how your genes relate to weight loss last week and we'll more specifically talk about the endomorphs today. Endomorphs are generally people who have larger frames with wider hips and shoulders. Adele is probably one of the best examples of an endomorph. Endomorphs have a harder time loosing weight even after exercising and trying to keep a proper nutrition. I wanted to give a few tips for weight loss for the endomorphs out there. Get the … [Read more...]

How to Outsmart your Cravings for Sugar, Fat and Salt!

Our nutrition Affiliates at Revive Wellness posted this article last week and gave us the permission to post it here. I previously blogged that we all eat for non-homeostatic reasons; in fact, humans are biologically wired to prefer the tastes of salt, sugar and fat. Further, research has shown that we are motivated to overeat when highly palatable foods are present and easily available, as well as when we are feeling stressed or emotional. What wisdom can we draw from our biology? … [Read more...]

Life Changes in an Instant

How many of us have prepared for something for a long time to have it thrown out the window in an instant?  Maybe it was an exam we were preparing for, a career, a vacation, or even one of those goals you wanted to check off the "To-Do" list.  An overwhelming feeling of disappointment and shame may have coursed through our bodies in slow motion as the vision of what was a possibility drifts away. We have probably all had one of these moments and so did Derek Redmond in the 1992 Olympics. Derek … [Read more...]

How to find the “right” Personal Trainer

Edmonton Personal Trainer

Being a Personal Trainer myself, many might think that I have a biased opinion when it comes to making a choice between a gym membership and hiring a trainer. However, I really don't. I believe in being physically fit and staying healthy but in some cases, and for some people, one option can help you see better results and reach your goals sooner. The top 3 reasons I believe hiring a personal trainer over having a gym member ship are: Motivation: When working with a trainer he or she … [Read more...]

Pre/Post Workout Nutrition

One of our affiliates at Blitz Conditioning, Revive Wellness, was one CTV in the Morning today and they answered some of the most popular questions we receive from our clients: What should eat prior to a workout? Starting off with a pre-workout meal you want to make sure that you have some carbohydrates, a little bit of protein but it is also low in fibre.  This will give you the energy you need for the workout but also not upset your stomach. What should I eat after a workout? After … [Read more...]